He died on 12 April 1899 at the age of 46 and is buried at St. James’ Church, Altham. Many Freemasons attended his funeral on 15 April 1899. An in-depth article about the funeral was published in the Burnley Express on 19 April 1899, A short extract follows:-
“The funeral was attended by a goor(sic) number of Freemasons, and all through the town general respect for the deceased gentleman was shown. Mr Bear’s remains were enclosed in a beautiful oak coffin, on which were wreaths and his Masonic regalia, and at the termination of the procession was a landau completely filled with floral emblems. Preceding the hearse the following Freemasons walked:- Bros. J. H. Ainsworth, W.M., 1504, A. M. Hanson, J.W., J. W. Houlden, P. M., T. Stuttard, P.M., John Chafier, P.M., F. L. Riley, P.M., J. R. Thompson, S.D., T. H. Thompson, J.D., ……………. A. Longworth, S.W., Abbey Lodge, Whalley, 2,529, R. Green, 2,529, ……………..”
“The following Masons acted as pall bearers:- Brothers J. R. Thompson, James Dewhurst, A. M. Hanson, A. Longworth, F. l. Riley, T. H. Thompson.“
The Founder’s Jewel displayed on this page is to be found in the Museum of Freemasonry, London where the accompanying photograph was taken. The Museum’s Catalogue attributes the Jewel to the Founding Inner Guard, Bro. T H Thompson. An Inner Guard Jewel has crossed swords pointing up whilst this Jewel displays crossed wands entwined pointing up. The Jewel held in London is that of the Founding Director of Ceremonies – W. Bro. William Bear Jnr..